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07/01/2021
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Modern Campus acquired three companies in 2021

The edtech firm Modern Campus this month announced the acquisition of two companies — Presence, which connects students with clubs and extracurriculars, and Digarc, which helps students plan their degrees. Brian Kibby, Modern Campus’ chief executive, told EdScoop that the deals — which followed the March acquisition of NuCloud, an interactive campus map and tour company — were designed for offering colleges the tools to deeply connect with students, turning them into life-long customers. Emily Bamforth has the details.


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Heartland Community College invests $1 million in cybersecurity

Following a ransomware attack last October that disrupted the operations of Illinois’ Heartland Community College, leaders approved a budget this month designed to rebuild defenses, but also to position systems to quickly adjust to future threats. The ransomware attack at Heartland, as well as a general spike in cyberattacks on higher education, sparked a $1 million investment in cybersecurity in its budget this year. Emily has it.


Chatbots can help with idea-generation

Chatbots are an increasingly common tool used by colleges and universities to relieve staff from fielding repetitive questions, but recent research from Cornell University shows that the same bots are also an effective in collaborative work settings. In work led by researchers at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, people who experienced high levels of anxiety during group work found greater creative confidence when paired with a chatbot that used a robotic conversational style. Colin Wood has the story.


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